When looking for fresh typography inspiration what do you usually do? Do you browse websites like DaFont or Lost Type looking for the latest free typefaces? Do you search Google or Behance for inspiration? These are some great ways to get inspired but we urge you to remember physical typography. Sometimes designs take on a whole new life when applied to the real world. For example, when a typeface gets applied to a neon sign the lighting might effect the original color choices, or when a typeface is beveled, the shadows it creates might have an affect on the other design elements. When designing, do not forget about the third dimension and how elements like lighting, bevels, embosses, backgrounds, and borders might effect the final composition.
The first place we recommend checking out for physical typography inspiration would be the Waywords blog. This blog is dedicated to original photographs of physical typography. Waywords is run by Andy Anzollitto, a designer and illustrator based out of Waco, Texas. All photographs are taken and owned by him.
Another great resource for design inspiration is Pinterest. You can simply search for physical typography or find a board dedicated to the subject like this one created by David Rainbird. Designs like these always remind us that typography doesn’t always have to be fonts. Typefaces can be created out of any object or shape. Below you can find some great physical typography examples we found on Pinterest.
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